Today the Washington Post published, ‘Dashboards’ Provide Data on Schools:
U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has unveiled a new tool to show the public a snapshot of how schools fare in reading and math achievement, graduation rates and participation in challenging Advanced Placement exams.
The so-called dashboards, one for each state and the District, aim to distill the overwhelming amount of data on student achievement into a simple format that illustrates troubles and bright spots for schools. The two-page reports, filled with graphics, include pass rates on national and state reading and math exams for fourth- and eighth-graders, national and state graduation rates and the number of schools meeting or falling short of No Child Left Behind goals.
6 years into No Child Left Behind, it is interesting to see if all of our efforts to improve public school literacy and math programs are showing up in statewide education statistical reports. Check out your state literacy and math stats here. While viewing the New York State Report, I was surprised to learn that only 23.7% of children that are eligible for tutoring provided by public dollars are actually participating in such tutoring and that only 1.2% of children eligible to change schools under the school choice provisions of NCLB are actually doing so. Are these real options that students and parents have to exercise? Or, in reality are most children in “failing” schools not presented the option to get tutoring nor the option to change schools?